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Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Satisfactory subject preparation and grade point average (GPA).
  3. A two- to three-page statement of purpose.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic abilities.
  5. TOEFL score of 213/550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S.

Effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, applicants for a M.A. in History will be required to submit an academic writing sample, approximately 10 pages in length, in addition to current requirements for admission.

Concentrations

  • US-Mexico Border History
  • Teaching History

Degree Plan

M.A. in History

Required Credits: 30

MA in History (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select two courses from the following:6
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Studies Courses:
Select three courses from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options9-15
Other Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours30-36

Thesis Option

HIST 5398
HIST 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Select one from the following:3
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours9

Non-Thesis Option

Thesis Option:
Thesis
and Thesis
Non-Thesis Option:
Independent Research
Select three additional courses with at least one Research Seminar and one Studies Course from the following:
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis

M.A. in History with a concentration in Border History

Required Credits: 30

MA in Border History (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar-Latin American History
Studies Courses:
Select three courses from Studies Courses offered by History Department; at least two must come from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options9-15
Other Electives:
Select six hours from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours30-36

Thesis Option

HIST 5398/5399Thesis3
Select one from the following:3
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar-Latin American History
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

HIST 5393Independent Research3
Select four courses from the following: 112
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours15
1

At least one course must be a Studies Course.

M.A. in History with a concentration in Teaching History

Required Credits: 30

MA in History (Teaching) (All courses require a C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select one course from the following:3
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Studies Courses:
Select one course from the following:3
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Required Courses:
Readings in US History to 1865
Readings in US Hist Since 1865
Teaching Courses:
Select two courses from the following:6
Teachng Social Stud in Sec Sch
Teaching in History Survey
Studies in Teaching History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options6-12
Other Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours24-30

Thesis Option

HIST 5398
HIST 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

HIST 5393Independent Research3
Select three additional courses with at least one Research Seminar and one Studies Course from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours12